Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Been Meaning to Blog More...

Grandtot was ill and was put in the hospital, so the blog has suffered a bit this month. She is now doing much better and will be released soon, however, now I'm rather ill. It just never stops. *sighs*

Anyway, today is the last day for WiH month, however if anyone still wants to participate in a guest blog on it I'm willing to carry it into March. Just let me know. :) I can work on it while getting stabbed and prodded in the hospital if I have to go. (am sooooooo putting off going).

Thank you all for your interest. :) I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

In March, I also plan on getting a story up at Amazon and putting an excerpt of it up in here. I'm so excited. :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why I Write Horror

I love writing horror, I suppose it started with my love for reading horror. At eleven I read Salem's Lot by Stephen King and yes, I was up all night staring at the window as a branch scraped against it, the wind making it sway from side to side casting shadows across my bedroom wall. It seems as if I was drawn to the tension and fear. I also watched Amityville Horror and The Exorcist at a very young age. Unfortunately, getting the crap scared out of me at such a young age raised the bar for anything else as I got older and now it's almost impossible to find anything that makes me unnerved like it did back then. Oh, some things come along and I think well that should be scary...but...

So, I guess I write horror in search for something that will actually freak me out and see if I can convey that feeling on paper so that others can feel it, too. The build-up, suspense, and the underlying feeling of dread is what I strive for in writing. And then, of course, not to let any of my readers down in the end, but I guarantee that if I'm creating the tension of what's to come, then something evil and twisted will be right around the corner waiting...for you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Celebrating the Third Year of Women in Horror

For those who didn't know, February is the time to celebrate Women in Horror . So, every week I'll be posting a book or author pic. of  some of our well known women horror writers. My third post for WiH is on Gemma Files, and here's an article for you to learn a little more about the author via wiki.

Gemma Files is a Canadian horror writer, journalist, and film critic. Her short story, "The Emperor's Old Bones", won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Story of 1999. Five of her short stories were adapted for the television series The Hunger.
Gemma Files graduated Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1991 with a degree in journalism; various freelance assignments eventually led to a continuing position with entertainment periodical eye Weekly (, where she gained local repute as an insightful commentator on the horror genre, independent films and Canadian cinema. She was listed by Cameron Bailey of NOW Magazine as one of the Top 10 Coolest People In Canadian Cinema for 1996. She has also written reviews for and for the Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue.

*note that previous posts moved here- *sorry, couldn't move the comments*

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Me And Writing...

Okay, so I'm not exactly soaring my way to the top. It's more like I'm crawling, clawing at the dirt going uphill in a blizzard during a tornado with 100 mph winds shoving me backwards. But hey, I'm trying.

Being a well-known (or even heard of by one person) author or artist is all I've ever dreamed of. I've been writing/drawing/reading since I could pick up a crayon and put words together. And while many dreams have died and been buried along the side of the road of life, this dream has somehow managed to stow away in my heart, stubbornly clinging on to life and hope.

And though my hope in dreams has long ago run dry, this dream still believes in me. Persistent in its will to survive and waiting for me to make it flourish. So I'm giving it my best shot against all odds and trying my damnedest to make it happen.

I am currently working on a novel, an apocalyptic tale of a teenager seeking his younger brother in a chaotic world of death and madness. A world filled with cannibals, Dements, scavengers, insanity, and... the 'normal' or so Jacob and his friends call themselves, but are they really the normal ones? A sf/horror, "One of Us".

I've also done some short stories mostly horror, and though I've gotten the big 'R's I still have hope that they might be published one day.

It's been a long, hard road, but the dream lives on. And dammit, I don't care if I reach ninety and am on my deathbed, I'll still be subbing until someone sees something in my writing. For what good is it if no one ever gets to read it? I shall try until I'm dead to get my stories out there or die trying.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Will blog soon...for now: some of my artwork. :)

Forest Floor (oil paint)                                          

*note- Copying or taking these without my permission for your own use is illegal.